eHealth is a term for health care practice supported by digital processes and communication, dating back to at least 1999. Usage of the term varies: Some would argue it is interchangeable with ‘health informatics’ with a broad definition while others use it in the narrower sense of internet-supported health-care practices. It can also include health applications and tools on for use on mobile phones, in which case it is often referred to as mHealth.
Since about 2011, the increasing recognition of the need for better cyber-security and regulation may result in the need for these specialized resources to develop safer eHealth solutions that can withstand these growing threats.
eHealth is closely connected to Internet of Things and Smart Cities where patients can connect and communicate remotely with doctors or other health care providers, and where devices such as blood-pressure monitors, blood sample analysers, or peak flow meters can be monitored remotely. The potentials are enormous, especially in countries with a rapidly growing population of elderly patients and countries characterised by great distances.
Denmark is one of the countries in the world that have come furthest in using eHealth and mHealth to meet the challenges of demography and economy that many countries will be facing in the coming years. Lately the European Commission has invested in large projects addressing the technical and ethical issues of eHealth.
We can offer consultants who have worked directly in various eHealth projects across Europe.
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